2009 NCAA Bowl Projections, Part One: The SEC

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2009 NCAA Bowl Projections, Part One: The SEC

Bowl season is almost upon us and with only two teams left (5-6 Army and 6-6 Hawaii) that can achieve bowl eligibility, it’s time to look at who is going where.

Over the next six days I will profile all 11 conferences (as well as the independents) and project who will end up where, with all projections based on the final week panning out without any upsets.

First up will be the conference likely to have the No. 1 team in the BCS, the Southeastern Conference.

Over the past few years, the SEC has been considered the best and/or toughest conference in the FBS. An SEC team has won four of the last six BCS National Championships (it could’ve been five if Auburn hadn’t been snubbed for the big game following a perfect 2004 season) and three in a row.

While the conference may have a little more parity this year than others—the SEC needs an LSU bowl victory to avoid having only two 10-game winners for the first time since 2002—it might be as deep as any conference ever has been.

The SEC has 10 bowl-eligible teams and nine automatic tie-ins, which means that even if they send two to the BCS (which is almost definite), all bowl slots will be filled.

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